Get ready for some great food, great fun and plenty of entertainment as the 27th annual Burgerfest returns to the Village of Hamburg this Saturday (July 21) as Hamburg celebrates its heritage as the home of the hamburger.
The event, honoring Hamburg as the birthplace of the hamburger, will run from noon to midnight and feature nearly 30 restaurants.
This year’s food vendors include Big Belly Barbeque, Charlie’s Sugar Waffles, Comfort Zone, Danny’s South, Hamburg Republican Club, Jim’s Fries, Jimmies Pizza, John & Mary’s, Main Street Ice Cream, Mason’s Grille 52, Melanie’s Eats N Sweets Café & Bakery, Nick Charlap’s, O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Meats & Smokehouse, Savory’s, Sweet Temptations Du Jour, Tropical Ice and Village Sweet Shoppe.
Restaurant patrons of the Taste of Hamburg include Edie’s, J.P. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, Mike’s Lucky Dog, Water Valley Restaurant and Z.J.’s
“I expect it to be a beautiful day,” said coordinator Eileen Hotho.
This year’s festival will include many popular returning items. This includes the burger eating contest on Main Street.
The bed race will also return and is scheduled to run on Main Street at 4:45 p.m.
Other attractions on Main Street include the KeyBank Car Show that will be from noon to 4 p.m.
Also, Mike Margerum and his “Nickel City Road Show” will be on Main Street from noon to 4:30 p.m.
Inside of the Village of Hamburg parking lot will be plenty of activities, including the First Niagara Kids Space from noon to 6 p.m. The children’s area will feature games, a bounce house (which tickets need to be purchased for), activities and face painting.
New to this year’s Burgerfest will be “The Free Zone,” which is a free area full of activities aimed at “tweens,” said Andy Nyhart of Lind-Hart Mini Ship.
“We are going to be at the HSBC/KeyBank parking lot,” said Nyhart.
“We are going to have a three-ring circus (full of activities),” Nyhart joked.
Among the activities will be a trick shot competition, as well as skilled Kan-Jam competitions.
“It wouldn’t be possible without local donations,” Nyhart said, adding he is thankful to businesses like Dairy Queen, Parkside Candy and Fisher Pool, who all donated items that will be given away as prizes.
Nyhart also said there is a winner everytime. The area will be open from about noon to 4 p.m., before Nyhart heads over to compete in the annual bed race.
After the bed race, he will announce the individual winners from the various competitions.
Also inside of the parking lot will be the Taste of Hamburg Food Court, in which restaurants will be selling food from noon until about 8 p.m.
The beer tent will also be open from noon to 11:45 p.m., and there will be several acts entertaining the crowd nearby at the Indigo Parking Lot Stage.
This will include The Steam Donkeys from noon to 2 p.m.; The Afterburners from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Yvonne Schmidt from 5 to 7 p.m..; and Hit N’ Run from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
There will also be plenty of activity along Buffalo Street. This will include vendors selling items from noon to 5 p.m.
Also, the band 23 Skidoo will perform from 4 to 5 p.m. on Buffalo Street and feature Dixieland music.
Returning this year will be the Character Chase, a 5K run through the Character Council of Western New York. It will be from 11 a.m. to around noon.
This year’s sponsor’s include Century 21, First Niagara Bank, Hamburg Auto Center, KeyBank, Lake Shore Savings Bank, Uncle Joe’s Diner, Univera Healthcare, Waste Management and Zahm and Matson, Inc.